Reputed as the country’s limestone wonders, Ipoh has some of the most impressive caves formed by shimmering stalactites and stalagmites since million years ago. Exploring one of the caves in Ipoh is simply an unforgettable experience that you’ll remember in years to come.
The enchanting Gua Tempurung
For instance, you’ll be enchanted upon entering the country’s largest natural limestone underground cavity – Gua Tempurung. You’ll be amazed as you see the five humongous domes with own unique stalactites and stalagmites and marbles. You can easily spend up to four hours in this cave as it stretches over two kilometres deep. This wondrous cave has a tunnel with endless rock formations.
Mount Lanno for seasoned cavers Experienced cavers should buckle up and head over to the longest cave located within Mount Lanno – Puncak Cave. The second largest cave chamber in Peninsular, this phenomenal cave with a length of over 1.5 kilometres is popular among avid cave explorers because of the superb speleological wonders and the amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites such as ‘growing stalactites’ and ‘straws formations’.
Sam Poh Tong Temple among the oldest
Sam Poh Tong Temple discovered in 1912 is a popular natural limestone cave temple located about five kilometres south of Ipoh. The cave is especially crowded during Chinese New Year because devoted Buddhists would be there to give offerings. Unlike any other caves in Ipoh, the unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites here intertwined with statues of Buddha in Sam Poh Tong.
Discovered by a monk from China in 1890, the cave remained as his home for meditation for years before other nuns and monks decided to keep the cave temple running. Sam Poh Tong is not only a cave temple because there are other attractions such as a Japanese pond full of Japanese carps and tortoises (symbolizes longevity). And to get to the top for breathtaking views of Ipoh, visitors must first climb 246 steps that lead to the open cave.
Cave of Great Happiness
Kek Lok Tong Temple or more commonly known as the Cave of Great Happiness is located somewhere not far away from the famous Sam Poh Tong. Even though it is not as well known as Sam Poh Tong, the temple is still worth visiting. Set in a big cave right behind Gunung Rapat, the construction of this lovely temple completed around 1970s. And similar to Sam Poh Tong, this temple has some wonderful works of art with various statues of Buddha and glistening stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll definitely enjoy the fresh cool air with picturesque views of lotus pond.
The spectacular Tong Temple
Perak Tong Temple is yet another spectacular limestone cavern housing more than 40 beautiful statues of Buddha. Built in 1926, the main attraction in this huge cave is none other than the 12.8 metres Buddha statue. The cave here is not only catered to experienced cave explorers because the passage that leads you to the interior is safe for family with kids to walk. As you stroll into the interior, take some time to see the mystical mural paintings on the walls. Well, if you have the time, you should climb 385 steps to reach the top where you get to enjoy a magnificent view of countryside.
Gua Tambun for a scenic sunset
You can expect a scenic sunset view of Ipoh City as you climb among high hill peaks of Gua Tambun. The cave was made popular following the discovery of a 5,000-year -old Neolithic rock paintings. Believed to be etched by early dwellers that came to Peninsular, you won’t be disappointed with the drawings on the walls. If you look closely at the drawings, you’ll notice pictures of wild boar, tapir and men. Some other drawings are indistinguishable so maybe, you should use your imagination to interpret the paintings.
Limestones at Gunung Lang Recreational Park
And finally, your journey to the limestone wonders in Ipoh ends right here at Gunung Lang Recreational Park. You’ll feel relaxed sitting by the beautiful lake enjoying superb views of limestone hills. A saunter around the two kilometres long walk will de-stress your mind. Other than the amazing views of limestone hills and lakes, the cascading waterfall and abundance of blooming flowers is also charming.